I did it. I ran.
My PT cleared me to do a short steady state run finally. And it’s good timing too with a 5k on the docket for Saturday. So I ordered myself up some new shoes, threw some Sweat Pink laces into them, and headed out.
Only 2 miles, that’s all I was told to do so that’s all I did. Um, please don’t laugh at my pace. That is seriously the slowest steady state run I think I can ever remember running, especially for such a short distance. I mean, I was trying to keep it easy, but yeesh! My focus was to keep my average HR at 175 or lower.
dingdingding. Winner winner chicken dinner. Kind of high, but within my comfort zone, so it’s fine. Pretty much anything under 180 I can maintain. S’all good.
Did I mention I bought new shoes?
I love my Zoot Ultra TT‘s and they were incredible to race all my triathlons in this summer. But I’ve been running in them since the spring and planned to retire them after FLT and get regular runners for the fall. But you better believe I am a believer in the Zoot’s for tri season. They will be my tri season shoes for life.
And before my Zoots I was running in Brooks Pure Flow 2. I liked my Brooks, I did. I wish I could say I loved them because they are definitely the cutest running shoes I’ve ever owned. But they gave me terrible, raging, horribly painful hot spots on my archs. So as much as I want to have all the hot pink Brooks, I cannot.
Back in May I raced the Rat Snake and broke a cardinal sin- I tired something new on race day. And if one could commit this sin, I did so in the highest of fashion. I raced 11.2 miles of the most technical, hilly, and flooded trails humanly possible in shoes I had never run in before. I was trying to save the life of my Brooks so I opted to race in a pair of Suacony’s I had won through a swimbikesell.com give away. Verdict? I LOVED THEM!
So I’ve kept that thought in the back of my brain since May and I knew when I was ready to break up with my Zoot’s I’d be buying another pair of Sauconys. Enter the Saucony Kinvara 4! Yes I went with the 4, yes I know the 5 is out, I like to not spend half my paycheck on shoes believe it or not.
They are fantastic! Lightest weight show I think I’ve ever owned. Great support, very comfy, very cute. Minimalist, zero drop, all that jazz. Bottom line- love them. I especially love the highlighter yellow and pink combo, because bright shoes definitely make you faster
not really. I think I’m going to be very happy with these. Although don’t hold me to that yet. I’ve only run in them the one time so far.
So there it is. New shoes. Finally running again. Fingers crossed I don’t have my worst 5k time ever this weekend. Everything.
And one last awesome bit of news- all3sports.com is now giving 20% off your purchase when you use the code TRIGC14!!! So head over and buy yourself something nice!
Bright colors or neutral colors for running shoes?
What are you currently running in?